After raising a family and spending 18 years in the financial services industry Michele was ready for a change. The desire to combine artistic talent with and an appreciation for fine food lead her to L’ Academie de Cuisine’s Pastry Arts program and she graduated with distinction in 2004. She went on to open CakeDreams in Rockville, MD, where the primary business was custom wedding and celebration cakes. In addition they had a thriving cupcake following and Michele’s unique creations resulted in her becoming a two time winner of Food Network’s Cupcake Wars. She also competed on Food Network’s Sweet Genius and CakeDreams was a destination on Food Network’s “On the Road” ap. Michele’s wedding cakes and cupcakes earned her several annual Bride’s Choice awards on Wedding Wire, Best Wedding Cakes in DC and Best Chocolate Cake in DC by CBSDC, Top 15 Cupcakes in America by Kitchen Daily and have been featured in The Knot and Maryland Weddings. Currently she is very active in dog rescue and spends most of her free time volunteering at her local animal shelter and advocating for issues designed to end homelessness of companion pets.